Long neglected by breeders, Africa's staple 'orphan crops' undergoing a genetic revolution

Long neglected by breeders, Africa’s staple ‘orphan crops’ undergoing a genetic revolution

Cassava and sweet potatoes. Lablab beans and water berries. Bitter gourds and sickle sennas. Elephant ears and African locusts. ... All ...
Simulated ‘cellular suicide’ could help control chronic inflammation

Simulated ‘cellular suicide’ could help control chronic inflammation

Inflammation, in particular, is vital to fighting infection or healing wounds. If it lingers, however, it can cause more harm ...
Artificial intelligence uses facial features to detect sexual orientation

Artificial intelligence uses facial features to detect sexual orientation

AI’s power to pick out patterns is now turning to more intimate matters. Research at Stanford University by Michal Kosinski and Yilun ...
Some antibiotic resistance in humans may trace to feeding strategies at fish farms

Some antibiotic resistance in humans may trace to feeding strategies at fish farms

The mucky sediment below fish farms usually teems with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The presence of such bacteria is a cause of ...
Canakinumab not the 'miracle' heart attack and cancer prevention drug as hyped

Canakinumab not the ‘miracle’ heart attack and cancer prevention drug as hyped

On August 27th the results of a trial of an anti-inflammatory medicine called canakinumab were released at a meeting, in ...
Finding and destroying tumors with microscopic 'spasers'

Finding and destroying tumors with microscopic ‘spasers’

[Research by] Vladimir Zharov of the University of Arkansas and Mark Stockman of Georgia State University, in Atlanta involves injecting ...
Making leather without animals: Genetically engineered leather made from modified yeast is here

Making leather without animals: Genetically engineered leather made from modified yeast is here

The whole leather industry, based as it is on animal hides, is vulnerable these days to sensibilities about the relationship ...
Reckless men? Increased testosterone linked to impulsive decisions

Reckless men? Increased testosterone linked to impulsive decisions

Impulsiveness can be measured in many ways. That chosen by Dr Nave and Dr Nadler was mathematical. In the largest ...
Can we stop drug addiction with vaccines?

Can we stop drug addiction with vaccines?

Between 2000 and 2015 half a million people in America alone died of drug overdoses...On August 8th Tom Price, the ...
Information is power? Why insurance companies are concerned about the boom in consumer genetic tests

Information is power? Why insurance companies are concerned about the boom in consumer genetic tests

If a genetic test could tell whether you are at increased risk of getting cancer or Alzheimer’s, would you take ...
Are transfusions of 'young blood' the answer to longer, healthier lives?

Are transfusions of ‘young blood’ the answer to longer, healthier lives?

The blood of young animals, it seems, may be able to ameliorate at least some of the effects of ageing ...
Gene 'silencer': GM crop technology could help stop spread of herbicide resistance

Gene ‘silencer’: GM crop technology could help stop spread of herbicide resistance

Introducing genes for herbicide resistance into a crop permits it to be sprayed with weedkiller that really does then kill nothing ...
What's driving the wave of agrichemical company mergers?

What’s driving the wave of agrichemical company mergers?

After a decade without any big deals, since 2015 three mega-mergers, collectively worth around $240bn, have been proposed. When they ...
What is 'cell-free biotechnology' and how could it revolutionize our lives?

What is ‘cell-free biotechnology’ and how could it revolutionize our lives?

The stuff of life comes wrapped in tiny bags called cells. Inside are DNA molecules that carry the instructions for ...
Value pricing? Should effectiveness determine what patients pay for cancer drugs?

Value pricing? Should effectiveness determine what patients pay for cancer drugs?

THE debate in rich countries about the high price of drugs is a furious and frustrating one.... Making a mistake ...
Paralysis relief? Brain signals used to regain control of patient's paralyzed arm

Paralysis relief? Brain signals used to regain control of patient’s paralyzed arm

[Editor's note: William Kochevar was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a 2006 bike accident.] Now, with the help of ...
Cow eugenics: Colombian ranchers breed cattle to stand their ground against big cat predators

Cow eugenics: Colombian ranchers breed cattle to stand their ground against big cat predators

If big cats don’t kill livestock, farmers won’t shoot them. ... Panthera, a charity that manages “corridors” for jaguars that ...
CRISPR gene editing could eliminate AIDS virus

CRISPR gene editing could eliminate AIDS virus

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. ... The problem faced ...

Why haven’t we cured cancer?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. MEDICINE has done a ...
Scientists aim to genetically tweak photosynthesis in rice, increase yield by 50%

Scientists aim to genetically tweak photosynthesis in rice, increase yield by 50%

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. C4 photosynthesis is so ...
Why did humans evolve intelligence?

Why did humans evolve intelligence?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Human intelligence is a biological ...

Syngenta, now Monsanto: What is behind wave of buyouts in seed and chemical industry?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. WHEN DuPont and Dow ...
China's policy on GMOs may soon get more permissive

China’s policy on GMOs may soon get more permissive

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. After years of fierce debate ...
Hybrid seeds part of 'green evolution' that is improving agriculture in Africa

Hybrid seeds part of ‘green evolution’ that is improving agriculture in Africa

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. African agriculture is improving ...

African scientists work to improve cassava using sophisticated genomics breeding

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Staple foods of the ...
Stem cell therapy takes giant step towards cure for multiple sclerosis

Stem cell therapy takes giant step towards cure for multiple sclerosis

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Thirty years ago a ...

Computers with human-like intelligence put to medical use

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Artificial intelligence (AI) can ...

Mysterious ancient organism may be clue to evolutionary origin of nerve cells

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Trichoplax, a flat, sheet-like ...